Hanq Neal’s Last Solo Bittersweet for Church

By Bob Marovich In 2012, the Wheeler Avenue Mass Choir recorded a CD in honor of the Houston, Texas church’s fiftieth anniversary. The full-length album, Oh To Be Kept by Jesus, brought together the church’s music department and two longtime collaborators, Wheeler Avenue music minister Henry “Hanq” Neal and Leon C. Lewis, who produced the CD. Lewis wrote a song called “I Believe” for Neal, who sang lead on it. Almost immediately, the church recognized the song would become the album’s main selection. But no one could have anticipated that “I Believe” would be Neal’s last solo. The Grammy-nominated vocalist, ...

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Bob Marovich interviewed by David Licata

Posted By David Licata on July 12, 2011 When I first interviewed Robert Darden of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project for A Life’s Work in Chicago (August 2009), one collector’s name came up again and again. Bob Marovich. Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, radio announcer, and journalist. Since 2001, he has hosted “Gospel Memories,” a weekly radio program featuring classic gospel on WLUW Chicago. He is currently at work on a book-length history of gospel music in Chicago, to be published in 2013, and is the editor of The Black Gospel Blog. The idea to interview Marovich came to me as I was editing ...

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Bob Marovich on Tanya Dallas-Lewis’s “The Music Box”

You don’t want to miss my second special guest, Black Gospel Music Expert Bob Marovich–oh, and by the way: HE’S WHITE! I thot this was super-duper cool and can’t wait to talk to him this week! He’s a gospel radio announcer, music historian and reviewer–and you are going to want to hear what this man has to say! Check him out on“

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